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03 December 2008, 14:15

Openmoko's Freerunner gets Android source repository and binaries

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The Canadian vendor Koolu, the global wholesaler for Openmoko's open Freerunner smartphone for Linux, has released a GIT repository containing the current Android sources and the patches required for the smartphone. Previously, interested users had to collect the sources and patches themselves.

Android is a Linux-based operating system for smartphones, developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance, a cooperative group of telecommunications providers, mobile phone vendors and software companies. It is open source; anyone can download the code and it includes multiple subprojects focusing on particular areas. However, so far, it has only been used for one mobile phone: T-Mobile's G1, manufactured by Taiwanese-based HTC, although it is reported that Motorola is planning a device, too.

Koolu does not offer any binary images of the Android sources ready for installation directly on the Freerunner. These can be found at Sean McNeil's Openmoko page, who has previously offered various images in November and is responsible for some vital parts of the Freerunner port of Android.

Translating your own GIT sources appears to remain difficult, and Koolu's developer forum contains several related problem reports. In contrast to an announcement by Koolu there are no instructions about how to translate the sources on the forum. In addition, the forum is not freely accessible, and posts can only be viewed after registering as a user (free of charge).


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